2009–10 Football League Championship
West Bromwich Albion
|Goals scored||1,446 (2.6 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Peter Whittingham (22)|
|Biggest home win||Reading 6–0 Peterborough|
|Biggest away win||Bristol City 0–6 Cardiff City|
Peterborough 4–4 Cardiff|
Derby 5–3 Preston
Bristol City 5–3 Barnsley
|Longest winning run||Newcastle United (7 games, twice)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Nottingham Forest (19 games)|
|Longest losing run||Plymouth Argyle (7 games)|
Newcastle United 2–2 Ipswich Town
Scunthorpe United 4–0 Peterborough United
The 2009–10 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the league under its current title and eighteenth season under its current league division format. It started on 7 August 2009.
Changes from previous season
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
Relegated from Premier League
Promoted from League One
On field rule changes
- 'Home Grown Players' rule which aims to encourage the development of young footballers at League clubs. The new rule will require clubs to name at least four players in their matchday squad that have been registered domestically, for a minimum of three seasons, prior to their 21st birthday
- For the first time clubs will also have the opportunity to name seven substitutes (previously five), three of which may enter the field of play (no change)
Off field rule changes
- Financial regulations relating to tax payments. From now on, any club that falls behind with its employee related payments to HMRC will be subject to a transfer embargo until such time as the debt is cleared
Stadia and locations
1 Ground contains some terracing
Personnel and sponsoring
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Queens Park Rangers||Managerless||Managerless||9 April 2009||Jim Magilton||3 June 2009||Pre-season|
|Reading||Steve Coppell||Resigned||12 May 2009||Brendan Rodgers||5 June 2009||Pre-season|
|Watford||Brendan Rodgers||Signed by Reading||5 June 2009||Malky Mackay||15 June 2009||Pre-season|
|Swansea City||Roberto Martínez||Signed by Wigan Athletic||15 June 2009||Paulo Sousa||23 June 2009||Pre-season|
|West Bromwich Albion||Tony Mowbray||Signed by Celtic||16 June 2009||Roberto Di Matteo||30 June 2009||Pre-season|
|Barnsley||Simon Davey||Sacked||29 August 2009||Mark Robins||11 September 2009||24th|
|Middlesbrough||Gareth Southgate||Sacked||20 October 2009||Gordon Strachan||26 October 2009||3rd|
|Newcastle United||Alan Shearer||End of Contract||1 June 2009||Chris Hughton||27 October 2009||1st|
|Peterborough United||Darren Ferguson||Mutual Consent||9 November 2009||Mark Cooper||14 November 2009||24th|
|Plymouth Argyle||Paul Sturrock||Became Business Support||10 December 2009||Paul Mariner||10 December 2009||23rd|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Brian Laws||Sacked||13 December 2009||Alan Irvine||8 January 2010||22nd|
|Reading||Brendan Rodgers||Mutual Consent||16 December 2009||Brian McDermott||27 January 2010||21st|
|Queens Park Rangers||Jim Magilton||Mutual Consent||16 December 2009||Paul Hart||17 December 2009||14th|
|Preston North End||Alan Irvine||Sacked||29 December 2009||Darren Ferguson||6 January 2010||16th|
|Queens Park Rangers||Paul Hart||Mutual Consent||14 January 2010||Neil Warnock||1 March 2010||20th|
|Peterborough United||Mark Cooper||Sacked||1 February 2010||Jim Gannon||1 February 2010||24th|
|Crystal Palace||Neil Warnock||Signed by QPR||1 March 2010||Paul Hart||2 March 2010||21st|
|Bristol City||Gary Johnson||Mutual Consent||18 March 2010||Steve Coppell||22 April 2010||16th|
|Peterborough United||Jim Gannon||Mutual Consent||6 April 2010||Gary Johnson||6 April 2010||24th|
A total of 24 teams contested the division, including 18 sides remaining in the division from last season, three relegated from the Premier League, and three promoted from League One.
||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Newcastle United (C) (P)||46||30||12||4||90||35||+55||102||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||West Bromwich Albion (P)||46||26||13||7||89||48||+41||91|
|3||Nottingham Forest||46||22||13||11||65||40||+25||79||Qualification for League Championship playoffs|
|13||Queens Park Rangers||46||14||15||17||58||65||−7||57|
|17||Preston North End||46||13||15||18||58||73||−15||54|
|22||Sheffield Wednesday (R)||46||11||14||21||49||69||−20||47||Relegation to Football League One|
|23||Plymouth Argyle (R)||46||11||8||27||43||68||−25||41|
|24||Peterborough United (R)||46||8||10||28||46||80||−34||34|
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Crystal Palace were given a ten-point deduction for entering administration.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Semi-finals||Final at Wembley|
|4||Cardiff City (p)||1||2||3|
Blackpool win 6–4 on aggregate
|Cardiff City||2 – 3
Cardiff City 3–3 Leicester City on aggregate. Cardiff City win 4–3 on penalties
Blackpool are promoted to the Premier League
Fixtures for the 2009–10 season were announced by The Football League on 17 June 2009.
|Home \ Away||BAR||BLP||BRI||CAR||COV||CRY||DER||DON||IPS||LEI||MID||NEW||NOT||PET||PLY||PNE||QPR||REA||SCU||SHU||SHW||SWA||WAT||WBA|
|Preston North End||1–4||0–0||2–2||3–0||3–2||1–1||0–0||1–1||2–0||0–1||2–2||0–1||3–2||2–0||2–0||2–2||1–2||3–2||2–1||2–2||2–0||1–1||0–0|
|Queens Park Rangers||5–2||1–1||2–1||0–1||2–2||1–1||1–1||2–1||1–2||1–2||1–5||0–1||1–1||1–1||2–0||4–0||4–1||0–1||1–1||1–1||1–1||1–0||3–1|
|West Bromwich Albion||1–1||3–2||4–1||0–2||1–0||0–1||3–1||3–1||2–0||3–0||2–0||1–1||1–3||2–0||3–1||3–2||2–2||3–1||2–0||3–1||1–0||0–1||5–0|
Updated to games played on 2 May 2010.
Source: The Football League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Top goalscorers and assists
- First goal of the season: Miles Addison for Derby County against Peterborough United, 4:00 minutes (8 August 2009)
- Fastest goal in a match: 23 seconds
- Goal scored at the latest point in a match: 90+6:12 – Pablo Couñago for Ipswich Town against Coventry City (16 January 2010)
- First own goal of the season: Kaspars Gorkšs (Queens Park Rangers) for Plymouth Argyle, 90+2:26 minutes (15 August 2009)
- First penalty kick of the season: Paul Hartley (scored) for Bristol City against Preston North End, 48:35 (8 August 2009)
- Widest winning margin: 6
- Most goals in one half: 6
- Newcastle United 6–1 Barnsley (5 March 2010)
- Bristol City 2–5 Doncaster Rovers (5 March 2010)
- Most goals in one half by a single team: 5
- Newcastle United 6–1 Barnsley (5 March 2010)
- Most goals scored by losing team: 3
- Most goals scored by one player in a match: 4
- Michael Chopra (Cardiff City vs. Derby County) – 36, 57, 62, 75 minutes (29 September 2009)
|Shola Ameobi||Nigeria||Newcastle United||Reading||3–0||3||15 August 2009|
|Michael Chopra||England||Cardiff City||Plymouth Argyle||3–1||3||18 August 2009|
|Kevin Nolan||England||Newcastle United||Ipswich Town||4–0||3||26 September 2009|
|Michael Chopra||England||Cardiff City||Derby County||6–1||4||29 September 2009|
|Peter Whittingham||England||Cardiff City||Sheffield United||4–3||3||24 October 2009|
|Darius Henderson||England||Sheffield United||Bristol City||3–2||3||28 November 2009|
|Robert Earnshaw||Wales||Nottingham Forest||Leicester City||5–1||3||5 December 2009|
|Freddy Eastwood||Wales||Coventry City||Peterborough United||3–2||3||12 December 2009|
|Paul Gallagher||Scotland||Leicester City||Scunthorpe United||5–1||3||13 February 2010|
- First yellow card of the season: Rhys Williams for Middlesbrough against Sheffield United, 49:15 minutes (7 August 2009)
- First red card of the season: Luke Chambers for Nottingham Forest against Reading, 87:41 minutes (8 August 2009)
- Card given at latest point in a game: Wes Morgan (yellow) at 90+7:07 minutes for Nottingham Forest against Bristol City (3 April 2010)
- Most yellow cards in a single match: 9
- Bristol City 2–3 Sheffield United – 4 for Bristol City (Lee Johnson, Louis Carey, Jamie McAllister and Ivan Sproule) and 5 for Sheffield United (Jamie Ward, Kyle Walker, Darius Henderson, Jordan Stewart and Stephen Quinn) (28 November 2009)
- Cardiff City 2–3 Leicester City – 3 for Cardiff City (Paul Quinn, Mark Hudson, Stephen McPhail) and 6 for Leicester City (Alex Bruce, Nolberto Solano, Andy King, Lloyd Dyer, Richie Wellens, Steve Howard) (11 May 2010)
- Quickest card given at the start of the match: 26 Seconds – Nicky Maynard for Bristol City against Nottingham Forest (7 November 2009)
- Quickest card given after coming on: 1:07 minutes – Alassane N'Diaye for Crystal Palace against Blackpool (20 March 2010)
- Most fouls: Jay Bothroyd 103 fouls
- Total number of yellow cards: 1636
- Total number of red cards: 86
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Notes|
|August||Chris Hughton||Newcastle United||Shola Ameobi||Newcastle United|
|September||Chris Hughton||Newcastle United||Leon Best||Coventry City|
|October||Dave Jones||Cardiff City||Peter Whittingham||Cardiff City|
|November||Chris Hughton||Newcastle United||Darren Ambrose||Crystal Palace|
|December||Billy Davies||Nottingham Forest||Lee Camp||Nottingham Forest|
|January||Alan Irvine||Sheffield Wednesday||Charlie Adam||Blackpool|
|February||Nigel Pearson||Leicester City||Paul Gallagher||Leicester City|
|March||Brian McDermott||Reading||Gylfi Sigurðsson||Reading|
|April||Chris Hughton||Newcastle United||Kevin Nolan||Newcastle United|
Team of the Year
- 15 August 2009
During a game between Bristol City and Crystal Palace, Freddie Sears scored a goal that ricocheted off the stanchion and went back out, but the linesman didn't see the goal and so it was disallowed. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock called for a replay. Following the game, the three officials were suspended until it could be solved.
- 28 November 2009
The tie between Plymouth and Barnsley was abandoned after 58 minutes because of heavy rain affecting the pitch. Barnsley were winning 4–1 and manager Mark Robins argued that it was a "let off" for Plymouth and that the travelling Barnsley fans should be reimbursed. The postponed match took place on 30 March, where it ended in a 0–0 draw.
Crystal Palace administration
On 27 January 2010, the Football League had announced that Crystal Palace had been placed into administration and Sheffield firm P&A Partnership were appointed as administrators for the club. Palace were docked ten points and dropped from 9th to 21st. They managed to survive another season in the Championship, but only after drawing 2–2 with Sheffield Wednesday on the final day and confined Wednesday to League One football in 2010–11.
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